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Hi I'm Kevin

I'm Kevin. I grew up in Seattle, WA, I'm a student, an aspiring photographer and writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of three boys in my family and have two great parents. I was born and raised in Seattle while my mom is from California and my dad is from a Native American Reservation in Wyoming. We have our struggles, like everyone else, but we have always tried our best to turn to the Lord when things get rough and that's something I'll continue doing for the rest of my life. I grew up loving the outdoors and have always enjoyed what nature has to offer. I think that's what helped me turn to photography as a hobby. I love being able to find those perfect moments in nature where God's hand is easily visible. And I think those moments are out there more often than we think. I'm a firm believer in looking for and appreciating the small things day-to-day. I also think it's important to place yourself in another's shoes as often as possible and to show appreciation and love for those you're surrounded with.

Why I am a Mormon

I think everyone gets to a point in their lives where they want to understand the meaning of all of this. The meaning of life. The meaning of families, nature, and altogether why things are the way they are. They want to know where they came from and where they will end up and if there really is life after this or if we just disappear when we die. I was encouraged by my family and by leaders in the church to always pray to God to receive answers and direction. I was taught that God hears our individual prayers and answers them. I have come to know that this is true for myself. Through different instances where I was praying or pleading with God for help or an answer or I was just seeking His guidance and I have received a feeling of peace and love that I haven't felt in any other situation than when I'm at church, speaking of Christ, or I am receiving an answer from God to one of my prayers. It is a feeling of peace, love, kindness, and awareness that lets me know that God knows me personally and loves me, just as He knows and loves all of His children. So I am a Mormon because as I've tried to draw closer to God, He has shown me that He cares, is aware of me and my circumstances, and has comforted me and showed me His love no matter my personal circumstances. I believe that God will do the same for every one of His children on this Earth who honestly seeks Him out, and who prays to know the truth about Him. Another scripture in the Book of Mormon says "...I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." I have come to know for myself that God lives, and that this is His church, and know that anyone can do the same.

How I live my faith

I believe in small actions of kindness and Christlike service day-to-day and I do my best to keep my eyes open for those opportunities. I think Heavenly Father will lead us to/show us who we can help throughout the day if we listen and ask for those opportunities. I recently completed two years of missionary service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent time in South Carolina, USA, Texas, USA, and Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, serving in different congregations in those places. While a missionary I spent every day for those two years speaking to people of Christ and doing my best to show the love for them that Christ would show if He were in my shoes. There's a scripture in the Book of Mormon that says "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God...". I did my best to follow the example of those faithful disciples of Christ in the Book of Mormon and testify daily of God's personal love for each and every individual on this Earth.

What is faith?

Kevin
To have faith is to believe in something even though we haven't seen it. We act daily on faith: faith that the Sun will rise, that gravity will keep working, that speaking to someone will result in conversation, etc. We believe that these things will happen and so we act and I believe that is an integral part of faith. When you believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ, you act on that belief and strive to follow His commandments, be more like the Savior, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Faith is a principle of action and can be developed through action. Prayer, the study of scripture, acts of service, and attendance to church all show Heavenly Father that you want to learn more and that you want to know more about Him, so He will bless you with answers and guidance to do so. I know that is true. Show more Show less